English – curriculum information

At Broadacre, a love of reading lies at the heart of all that we do. We believe that by accessing high-quality texts, and using them as stimuli for writing and discussion, pupils will develop an enthusiasm for reading and writing.

The acquisition of basic skills is a key focus in all lessons and pupils develop their understanding and use of spellings, punctuation and grammar through the writing process.

Pupils are taught to identify the key features of different genres of writing and, throughout their time at Broadacre, use those features to write their own examples of each genre, based on the theme(s) of the class book.

Pupils are taught to read using a systematic, synthetic phonics scheme (Read Write Inc.). Pupils in Key Stage Two are also taught wider reading skills such as: inference, deduction and identifying the viewpoint(s) of the author and characters.

Reading corners and library areas, full of carefully chosen texts, can be found throughout the building, offering pupils the opportunity to choose and enjoy books.

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‘The school provides a happy and welcoming environment with a ‘family feeling’ in the new, large school building.’

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‘Pupils with SEND receive high-quality and effective support, allowing them to access the full curriculum.’

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‘High expectations for all pupils are maintained by all adults at the school.’

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‘The school has specially resourced provisions for pupils with SEND, particularly those with autism spectrum disorder.’

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‘Pupils’ behavior is extremely good, with a calm and purposeful atmosphere.’

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‘Staff and pupils show great respect for each other.’

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‘Adult interactions in early years are well planned to support resilient and purposeful learning.’

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‘The mathematics curriculum has improved significantly, leading to confident problem-solving abilities in pupils.’

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‘A new phonics scheme has been introduced, improving the teaching of reading.’

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‘The curriculum includes personal, social, and emotional development, with a focus on values such as democracy and respect.’

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‘Pupils regularly revisit past learning, and assessments are used effectively to plan next steps.’

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‘The early years learning area is bright and inviting, with a focus on vocabulary development through song and rhyme.’

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‘Teachers are supported to plan stimulating and interesting lessons.’

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